The US Mission to the EU has voiced concern at suggestions Google should be broken up

USA 'concerned' at EU calls to break up Google

The USA has “noted with concern” a call from EU lawmakers to break up Google related to the ongoing competition investigation into the web giant.

A week ago Andreas Schwab, a German conservative, and Ramon Tremosa, a Spanish liberal at the European Parliament, unveiled a draft resolution saying that separating search engines from other commercial services would ensure a level playing field.

But the US Mission to the EU said in an email that politicians should not influence the EU's inquiry into the world's most popular Internet search engine.

"It is important that the process of identifying competitive harms and potential remedies be based on objective and impartial findings and not be politicised," it said.

The European Commission has been investigating Google for four years following complaints that it manipulated its dominance in search services to sideline rivals, but the body has yet to come to a conclusion.

Parliament has no power to break up Google but the proposal underlines widespread concerns among some EU politicians and companies about US dominance of the Internet, and could put pressure on the bloc's competition regulators to take stronger action against Google.

Andrus Ansip, the EU's top official for digital markets, told Reuters on Monday he was concerned that some tech companies may be abusing their dominant positions but added that the Google investigations must not be rushed.

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